Aug 7, 2018 at 8:06Aug 7, 2018
First Ride: 2019 Giant Trance 29
@Clarkeh: Not the first bike company to reverse their stance on 29 inch wheels, I believe Yeti called them circus wheels a couple years back and said they weren’t going that route.
Gills mikelevy's article
Jul 28, 2018 at 9:24Jul 28, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: What's the Most You'd Spend on a Mountain Bike?
I built my bike from new old stock, new take-offs from bikes that people with more money than me upgraded right out of the box. Deeply discounted 26 inch parts. Problem is over the past few years those parts and wheels have limited options for transferring to a new frame. So now it’s all about trying to make the investment last as long as possible because the big ticket items won’t be able to be moved to a new frame. It’s a bummer, but when I finally do pull the trigger on a new bike I can’t see spending more than 4 grand for a replacement.
Gills forkbrayker's article
Jul 27, 2018 at 10:59Jul 27, 2018
Taking The Plunge in a Quest to Become a Pro Racer
@deco1: How exactly is any sponsorship someone receives undeserved? If you already don’t know, this sport, like many others, is expensive. Why would you knock someone for at least asking for some help? And when that person receives a little help, why do you feel like it’s a personal affront to you? Just because you purchase bike parts doesn’t mean that you automatically put in the work, go to races, attempt to succeed, and then are authorized to comment on someone you believe is undeserving of sponsorship. Freedom to speak on something doesn’t necessarily mean that what you’re saying is right.
Gills RichardCunningham's article
Jul 23, 2018 at 18:30Jul 23, 2018
Review: The Bontrager Rally MIPS Helmet Is The Volvo Wagon Of Helmets
@enger: No, he’s just letting you know that what he chooses to wear is the best. It’s about as impartial as a bear telling you he loves taking a shit in the woods.
Jul 17, 2018 at 9:01Jul 17, 2018
Review: X-Fusion Trace 36 HLR Fork
The only reason I would be hesitant to buy one of these over RS or Fox is a feeling there is a lack of aftermarket support. I could be wrong though cause I’ve never really looked. My Pike is pretty much a RS product by name alone, the charger damper failed and was replaced by an Avalanche open bath, the air piston is Vorpsrung, throw in an MRP ramp control and I’ve pretty much replaced every major piece except for the chassis. Would I buy a bike with an X-Fusion suspension, sure, why not, as long as I could find upgraded replacement parts I would be happy regardless of the name on the side of the fork.
Gills alexcgevans's article
Jul 9, 2018 at 8:53Jul 9, 2018
Ceramicspeed Claims Their Bearings Could Outlast Your Frame - Eurobike 2018
@sherbet: You are definitely correct, every time you remove and install something with an interference fit a tiny amount of material is removed. Luckily there are things like bearing mount compound to take up that slack if you end up losing enough material to effect tolerances. At $660 a bearing set it makes no sense, considering the life of a full suspension frame, to spend that much money on the return in bearing life you would receive. A better way to spend your money is a grease needle and some high quality grease. Brand new bearings come with the least amount of lubrication possible to save cost, so an initial service when the pivots and bike are new, combined with a regular maintenance schedule would serve someone better than spending that much on bearings.
Gills paulaston's article
Jun 20, 2018 at 18:44Jun 20, 2018
First Look: Öhlins DH Race Fork
@MX298: There are still multiple open bath single chamber motorcycle forks. I run an open bath Avalanche cartridge in my Pike and it’s flawless.
Jun 15, 2018 at 18:04Jun 15, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Do You Use Tire Inserts?
I'm going to preface this comment by saying that I don't particularly care much either way or the other when it comes to personal choices in tires, tubes, tubeless, inserts, etc.... What I am gathering here is that there were tires and tubes and it wasn't perfect, then tubeless came along which saves a little bit of weight and allows you to run slightly lower pressure without the fear of a pinch flat. Tubeless isn't perfect though either, now you have to add sealant which is messy and add a little weight, and at lower pressures you have to be careful of burping the tires off the rim, and severe impacts that will pinch flat a tubed tire will most likely flat a tubeless one. Then someone says, let's add some kind of insert into the tires to help with those real nasty impacts, which once you add up the sealant and insert system, you're dangerously close to the weight of a tube.....so why not just run a tube? Everyone I know, regardless of tube preference caries a tube with them in case of a flat, it seems like an improvement that didn't fix anything, just rearranged the problem. I think I'll stick with my tubes, not because it's better or worse, but because it's simple, no sealant, inserts, special tire pumps, and the extra weight really doesn't add up to be enough of a bother.
Gills mikelevy's article
Apr 15, 2018 at 16:30Apr 15, 2018
What the Heck is a Down-Country Bike? - Opinion
A new marketing term means my old Blur TRc that's set up a little bombproof is back in style. When 26 inch wheels come back I won't have to buy a new bike to hang out with the cool kids.
Gills pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 8, 2016 at 20:36Nov 8, 2016
Ask Pinkbike: Wheel Size, Bike Cleaning, and Enduro Race Supplies
The one major component that no one seems to mention when debating wheel size is the most important piece of the puzzle, the rider. You can have a 3-4 year old 26 inch bike and a brand new 27.5 with "modern geometry" and the limiting factor won't be the bike if the component spec is the same. People can argue geometry, offset ( which some people think was adjusted to benefit the current bikes in a vacuum, not realizing the larger wheels necessitated the changes in offset to get the correct trail numbers ), and slew of other changes that were marketed to sell bikes. The fact remains the bike doesn't pedal itself. Yes there are performance advantages that you may or may not feel on a 27.5 inch bike, I could argue that some of them are genuine, and some of them are the placebo effect. If you're out there, pedaling, enjoying yourself, regardless of wheel size you're stronger, faster, and more proficient than the next guy with the latest and greatest technology who doesn't ride.